Easter in WA is one of the best times of year for a weekend escape. Not only do you get two extra days of freedom, the weather is usually sunny and low 30's, making for perfect coastal and inland conditions. Because of this many of the big name places book out quickly, but don't fret, there's plenty of fantastic spots just begging to be explored!
Bridgetown/Manjimup Bridgetown and Manjimup are both idyllic inland towns in our South West Region. Both are surrounded by farms and tall forests meaning the days are mostly sunny but mild, and it's never too windy.
Both towns have a river - the Blackwood through Bridgetown and Donnelly near Manjimup - big enough for kayaking, canoeing, swimming and fishing. The two rivers are nature lovers' and photographers' dreams and offer plenty of opportunities for exploration along their banks.
Finally, both towns have a great food and drink scene as well as a very laid back vibe. The Cidery in Bridgetown offers the widest range of ciders in WA while Manjimup is world renowned for its truffles. There are wineries, swimming holes, 4wd tracks and many other attractions to explore in the local area too.
Bremer Bay is a well known summer escape, but after summer holidays the town is more or less free of tourist hordes. Being on the south coast, the coastal town is a little cooler than its Indian Ocean counterparts but the waters of the bay are warm and the sun still shines brightly overhead.
Green Head The coastal strip north of Perth is arguably the most popular Easter escape. Towns such as Lancelin, Kalbarri and Jurien Bay are always packed over the weekend. Green Head is on this coastal strip but manages to avoid the masses due to its small size.
Sitting between Jurien Bay and Dongara, Green Head has all the same opportunities for fishing, swimming, 4wding and national park exploring as the rest of the Coral Coast. There are calm bays, caves and wildflowers galore, just don't expect any fancy accommodation.
Collie Collie seems to be a very unloved town. Despite sitting on the edge of (what I believe to be) the most picturesque region in WA - the Ferguson Valley - locals and tourists mostly give it the miss.
The Ferguson Valley features large rolling green hills giving way to dense forests and rivers, with many quirky attractions scattered throughout its depths. There are breweries and wineries, 4wd tracks and bushwalks, oh... and Gnomesville of course!
Collie itself has a few interesting artefacts, including old steam engines and a tank right in the middle of the town. It's also bordered by the Wellington Dam, i.e. the one that overflowed last year.
Want more ideas? Give these places a try: Eneabba - Mid West, Coastal Hopetoun - Goldfields-Esperance, Coastal Narrogin - Wheatbelt, Inland Peaceful Bay - Great Southern, Coastal Nannup - South West, Inland